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NHM Health Focus: National Public Health Week

Healthy People 2010: Quick Facts on Health Disparities
Compared to the white population:
African Americans
    - experience a more than double infant mortality rate.
    - have a 30 percent higher death rate for all cancers.
    - are six times more likely to die from homicide.
    - are more than seven times more likely to die
       from HIV/AIDS. 

Hispanics and Latinos
    - are almost twice as likely to die from diabetes.
    - accounted for 20 percent of new cases of
       tuberculosis, despite only comprising 11 percent of
       the population in 1996.
    - have higher rates of blood pressure and obesity.
American Indians and Alaskan Natives
    - experience diabetes rates that are more than twice as much.
    - have disproportionately high death rates from
      unintentional injuries and suicide.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
    - have higher rates of new cases of hepatitis and tuberculosis.
    - demonstrate signs of being a healthy population, on average,
      but exhibit great diversity within the population. For example,
      Vietnamese American women suffer  from cervical cancer at
      nearly five times the rate of white women.
April 2004: Each year the American Public Health Association (APHA) joins with local and national public health groups to celebrate the first week in April as National Public Health Week. The theme for 2004 is eliminating health disparities and the goal is to remind us all that the health of racial and ethnic minority populations still lags far behind non-minority populations, despite major advances in public health and medical science. We also know that some disparities exist for non-minority populations.

As a National Partner, the National Health Museum joins APHA along with the Sponsors and other National, State/County and Community Partners of National Public Health Week in saluting all the good work that’s being done across the country to address the issue of health disparities.

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum is part of the solution. We encourage our Web site visitors to educate themselves about issues connected to health disparities, improve health literacy, and share innovate ideas from across the country that seek to eliminate health disparities.

By working to bridge the gap between public health and museums and science centers through the National Public Health Partnership, the National Health Museum is joining with APHA to mobilize its network of museums and science centers from across the country to support National Public Health Week -- read about how.